Don’t even try to tell me we’re all treated equally. I thought public officials should be held to a higher standard. Right.

Duluth police officer pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
By News Tribune on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

A Duluth police officer who has had multiple run-ins with the law in recent months pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge.

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Todd Ronald Kuusisto, 37, entered the plea in State District Court to a charge of careless driving. Under an agreement with the Duluth City Attorney’s Office, two drunken driving charges and a traffic offense were dismissed.
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Kuusisto was cited after failing to stop for a stop sign at 57th Avenue West and Huntington Street on Dec. 30. Police said he registered a 0.10 blood-alcohol concentration, above the legal limit for driving.

Kuusisto was placed on one year of unsupervised probation, which includes completion of a chemical dependency assessment and attendance at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel, and fined $1,085.

The officer is due back in court next Thursday on a domestic assault charge. Kuusisto was arrested on Nov. 22 after allegedly striking a woman in a moving car in Midway Township. He was placed on administrative leave pending outcome of the criminal case and an internal investigation.

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